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Sep 2, 2014

Malaysian law professor charged in crackdown on dissent

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian prosecutors charged a high-profile law professor with sedition on Tuesday for an opinion he voiced on a political crisis that occurred five years ago, extending a recent crackdown on dissent from opposition politicians to academia.

Lawyers said the charge against Azmi Sharom, a lecturer at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and who writes a regular newspaper column, could have a chilling effect on freedom of speech as the government wavers on its pledges to expand civil liberties.

Aug 21, 2014

Malaysian militants bought bomb material for planned attack: official

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said.

The plan, which the official said was at a “discussion” stage, would be the first time Southeast Asian militants inspired by Islamic State’s rise have sought to launch a major attack at home, adding to officials’ fears of a domestic “blowback” from Islamic State’s expansion in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 14, 2014
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In Malaysia, Islam’s legal advance divides families and nation

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(Deepa Subramaniam, 30, speaks during an interview in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said )

Deepa Subramaniam would not let go of her son, clinging to five-year-old Mithran’s leg even as the car into which he had been bundled began to accelerate.

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American women targeted as Malaysia becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by Internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicenter for online crime perpetrated by Africans, U.S. officials say.

The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country’s good Internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said.

Jun 25, 2014

Southeast Asia fears militant fallout as Mideast conflict widens

KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK (Reuters) – Four gun-wielding rebel fighters sit relaxing on a wall, their faces concealed by scarves and ski masks. All are Indonesians who came to Syria to join the Islamist insurgency, the cameraman says, speaking Indonesian peppered with Arabic phrases.

He pans around and introduces them as a former soldier, a businessman, and a college student, before settling on a boy in his early teens leaning on his AK-47 assault rifle.

Jun 15, 2014

Competing halal standards leave food industry with indigestion

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 (Reuters) – The storm of bad publicity
that hit confectioner Cadbury in Malaysia after its chocolates
tested positive for traces of pork highlights the costly,
religious minefield food companies must navigate as they rush to
tap the surging $1 trillion global halal market.

One of the biggest headaches for corporations like Mondelez
International, Nestle and Unilever PLC
is the lack of a unified standard for what exactly is
halal, or permissible under Islamic law, despite years of
efforts by Muslim authorities to come up with a global
benchmark.

Jun 9, 2014

Malaysia’s PM eases rules on foreign fund managers, corporate bonds

KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Prime Minister
Najib Razak announced steps to liberalize the country’s
financial sector on Monday, removing barriers faced by
foreign-owned fund managers and easing ratings requirements for
the corporate bond market.

Najib, speaking at an investment conference in Kuala Lumpur,
said the moves were aimed at boosting investment and encouraging
a “stable and inclusive” financial system as the country aims to
reach developed nation status by 2020.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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